New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 23, 2020

New Jersey faces a second wave of COVID-19. Economist calculates cost of racial inequity in the United States.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 16, 2020

New Jersey lauches its own health care exchange. Millions of U.S. residents pushed into poverty by lack of federal COVID relief.

Unprecedented and Unequal: Racial Inequities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

No matter how you measure it, Black and Latinx residents have been disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 9, 2020

New Jersey's school reopening plans are racially unequal. Racial justice organizations oppose redistricting ballot question.

Budget Breakdown: Everything You Need to Know About the FY 2021 State Budget

In the midst of a public health crisis, New Jersey is setting an example for the nation to follow.

New Jersey’s School Re-openings Are Racially Unequal

New Jersey’s public schools have reopened, and not all students are having the same back-to-school experience.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 2, 2020

New bill would codify Roe v. Wade in state law and expand access to abortion care.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 25, 2020

New Jersey is one step closer to enacting a millionaires tax.

Census 2019: Poverty in New Jersey Remains Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels

Even though 2019 marked the end of a period of economic growth, nearly one in ten New Jersey residents lived in poverty last year.

Census 2019: New Jersey’s Uninsured Rate Increased for the First Time in Years

The number of uninsured New Jersey residents increased in 2019 for the first time since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was fully implemented.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 18, 2020

Deal reached on millionaires tax, but there is still much more work to done to advance racial equity and economic justice.

Proposed Regulations Threaten Driver’s License Expansion Law

The state Motor Vehicle Commission recently proposed regulations that would impose unreasonable burdens on many driver’s license applicants.

Taxing High Speed Financial Transactions: An Answer to New Jersey’s Fiscal Crisis?

A financial transactions tax has the potential to raise billions of dollars in new revenue.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 11, 2020

Food insecurity on the rise. New Jersey surpasses 2010's census self-report rate.

Labor Day Snapshot: How New Jersey Can Honor Workers and Improve Economic Security

New Jersey can honor workers by strengthening worker protections both during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 4, 2020

New Jersey is setting an example other states should follow.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 28, 2020

Here's everything you need to know about Governor Murphy's budget proposal.

Revised Budget Address FY 2021: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Vineeta, Brittany, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's revised FY 2021 budget address (with gifs!).

Friday Facts and Figures: August 21, 2020

Economists urge against spending cuts. New Jersey's billionaires see their wealth soar during pandemic.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 14, 2020

State Supreme Court approves bonding. Gov. Murphy announces that certain schools can open virtually.

Does the County Line Matter? An Analysis of New Jersey’s 2020 Primary Election Results

Structuring ballots around the county line impacts election outcomes by steering voters towards specific candidates.

School Funding in New Jersey: Preparing Now for the 2020-21 School Year

Safely re-opening schools amidst a pandemic is an expensive proposition. Fortunately, New Jersey can afford to make the required investments.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 7, 2020

More than 100,000 New Jerseyans lost their employer-based health insurance due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Job Loss Leaves More Than 100,000 New Jerseyans Uninsured

New Jersey, and the nation, must expand health care options outside of employment.
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